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Ultimate Guide To COBO

by on February 18, 2013

Bonds are an enormous investment category, but investors often have to accept one of two related drawbacks with fixed income investments. Bonds where repayment is not an issue (like U.S. government securities) offer very low yields, while higher-yielding bonds like corporate debentures offer significantly greater repayment risk. Covered bonds are something of a “middle ground,” offering a much more secure credit profile than corporates, but also higher yields than government securities. Now investors can take advantage of an ETF that focuses on these fixed income securities: the ProShares USD Covered Bond ETF (COBO, B) [see How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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Stocks tumbled across the board this week after disappointing U.S. job data sent equities into a freefall, with the Dow Jones landing as the biggest loser as its 2012 gains were completely wiped out. Nonfarm payrolls rose only 69,000 in May, well below the expected level, while the unemployment rate ticked higher to 8.2%. News from overseas was also less than cheery, as grim China and Euro Zone data cast a darkening outlook for the future of the global economic recovery [see also Five ETFs That Will Live Or Die By China].

This week wrapped up one of the slowest months of the ETF industry on the product development front, with only 8 new funds total hitting the market. Despite the slowdown, investors were introduced to one new intruiging product from Exchange-Traded Concepts, which seeks to replicate a benchmark that is constructed based on publicly disclosed positions of hedge funds and institutional investors. [click to continue…]

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After a rather stagnant month for the ETF industry, May saw even lower levels of activity on the product development front. A grand total of 8 new funds hit the markets this month; however, investors were introduced to a number of new and intruiging first-to-market product, including one that offers exposure to the niche segment […]

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Last week marked yet another first for the ETF industry, as ProShares rolled out a product that delivers access to a unique corner of the fixed income market. The new ProShares Covered Bond (COBO), as the name suggests, offers access to securities known as “covered bonds.” That name makes reference to a unique form of […]


Is Spain The New Greece?

by on May 26, 2012

A wild week on Wall Street came to a sour end on Friday, as reduced activity ahead of a long weekend saw stocks trade lower as the final bell approached amidst ongoing anxiety. Volatility seemed to have temporarily subsided, though a VIX north of 21 indicates that there is plenty of lingering anxiety among investors. Attention […]

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ProShares, the issuer behind a number of the ETFs offering exposure to alternatives, has notched another first for the ETF industry this week with the debut of a Covered Bond (COBO) product. The new ETF will seek to replicate the BNP Paribas Diversified USD Covered Bond Index, a benchmark that includes dollar-denominated covered bonds that […]

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